somewhat Meaning, Definition & Usage
adverb to a small degree or extent
slightly; more or less.
- his arguments were somewhat self-contradictory
- the children argued because one slice of cake was slightly larger than the other
adverb to a moderately sufficient extent or degree
fairly; pretty; passably; reasonably; moderately; jolly; middling.
- pretty big
- pretty bad
- jolly decent of him
- the shoes are priced reasonably
- he is fairly clever with computers
More or less; a certain quantity or degree; a part, more or less; something.
These salts have somewhat of a nitrous taste. Grew.
Somewhat of his good sense will suffer, in this transfusion, and much of the beauty of his thoughts will be lost. Dryden.
A person or thing of importance; a somebody.
Here come those that worship me. They think that I am somewhat. Tennyson.
In some degree or measure; a little.
His giantship is gone, somewhat crestfallen. Milton.
Somewhat back from the village street. Longfellow.
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